Use this shopping list to help you tick off everything you need to buy before you welcome home your new puppy.
Although we've focused on puppies, you’ll need most of these items if you’re getting a dog of any age. So please share it with anyone you know who is getting a dog for the first time.
All the items we've featured can be bought online from Pets Corner - we've linked to each one to make it easy to shop.
And when you've finished shopping, run through our new puppy checklist to make sure you've remembered everything else you need to do when your new best friend arrives.
1. Dog bed
A comfy bed can help your puppy settle in. Make sure you get one that's the right size with enough room for your dog to grow into and stretch out in. Once dogs are a bit older, they might like to sleep on a dog mattress, while others might prefer a more nest-like bed.
Crates can be used for training to prevent chewing mishaps. They can also be used as a safe haven for a new puppy within the home and some are suitable for keeping your pet safe in the car. Blankets are optional but can be soothing for your new puppy. Sometimes the breeder or shelter will give you a small blanket to take away with you to help provide some comfort for your puppy in its new home.
2. Food and water bowls
Owners should get two dog bowls: one for food and one for water. Look for non-slip designs for maximum stability - they're perfect for little puppies that like to push their food around. Make sure your puppy always has fresh water available.
3. Puppy food
Dogs are omnivorous carnivores, which means they're ideally suited to a diet of meat and plant sources. Proteins should make up the majority of your dog's diet and this needs to be from a quality source. in their puppy food. If your puppy's a rescue, check for allergies - there are lots of options available and you could even investigate switching to an alternative pet diet. It’s best to speak with a vet about the appropriate diet for your pet.
Treats are useful for reward-based training. Healthy treats can also be a helpful supplement to your growing puppy’s diet.
4. Collar, tag and lead
Your puppy’s first collar and collar tag should be soft and puppy-sized. It's a legal requirement that every dog while on a public highway or in public must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it or a plate or badge attached to it.
Many owners will opt for a harness for walks as they’re designed to pull evenly across the chest, rather than tugging on the puppy’s neck, and provide higher visibility and security with reflective straps. Don’t forget to get a lead for walks and training. Allow your puppy time to get used to any collar or harness you decide on.
5. Car restraints
Keep your puppy safe during with a car harness. It'll stop your puppy from wandering around the car and will help keep them safe if you have to break or swerve suddenly.
6. Puppy pads and poo bags
Puppy pads (sometimes called pee or potty pads) can help teach your puppy where it's appropriate to go to the bathroom before training it to go outside. Pads are quick-drying and help absorb any leaks and smells.
Poo bags are essential for dog walks and allow you to safely and hygienically clean up your puppy’s poo. You can get poo bag dispensers that can be attached to your dog's lead so you never forget them.
7. Brushes and combs
Get your puppy used to water and being washed and gradually introduce grooming in short sessions. Use a puppy-friendly shampoo and find the right brush for your puppy as different breeds of dogs will need different types of brush.
For example, a short-haired puppy may need a rubber toothed brush or a short bristle brush. Breeds with medium to long coats might need a gentle de-tangling every day to keep them knot-free.
8. Toothpaste and brush
You've got a few options for dental care including a toothbrush and paste, or special dental treats.
9. Chews and toys
It’s important that your puppy has a range of interesting toys to play with. They'll help distract them from other things to chew on like shoes or the sofa. Look for toys that are suitable for your puppy’s size. Kong chews are popular as they have a special teething formula that makes the rubber softer for young, brittle teeth. The chews are ideal for use during a puppy's teething stage and can be stuffed with tempting treats to keep your puppy happy and stimulated.
10. Puppy insurance
Here's one you can sort out right now - take out puppy insurance to help pay for unexpected vet bills from all the mischief they might get themselves into.